Rock the Cybils Awards (and 3 Reasons You Should Apply)

cybils logo 2014The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (aka Cybils) is not an event … it is a season. My favorite season. Why? Well, I love autumn, I love Christmas, and I love Valentine’s Day, and Cybils happens during them all! Oh, and it is all about my favorite things – reading and talking about children’s and young adult literature.

For the first time in years, I won’t be the Chair of the Easy Reader / Early Chapter Book Category. I am so excited for new chair Katie Fitzgerald. Her passion for the genre is limitless and she’s just gonna rock.

Don’t miss your chance to rock Cybils season. Here are my top 3 reasons why you should waste no more time and apply to be a Cybils judge today!

Rock the Cybils Award!

#3Validate your reading choices. You’re part of community dedicated to helping readers find great reads AND promote literacy: books that marry the best of literary quality and popular appeal. What better reason to cut the knees out from under the kidlit naysayers? [You know them ... the people who say adults shouldn't read books for kids.]

#2Discover something new. Maybe its a new author or a new genre (if you apply to an area outside your comfort zone). When you’re a Cybils judge you are reading lots of books. Sure, there are some titles and authors you know. BUT! You are bound to discover new authors and their great books, too. That is how I discovered incredible YA Nonfiction, Toon Books, and how much I love them both!

#1Grow as a reader. It is so refreshing to hear *how* other people read – what they see and how they explain it. When you work with a panel of other readers as avid about children’s and young adult literature as you are, your world opens even more. You laugh, you compromise, you lift each other up!

I’ll bet you have great reasons for wanting to be part of the 2014 Cybils! So why wait another minute? Apply today … and leave a comment about why you love the Cybils, too.

Ha! Ha! Laugh Out Loud Books for Reading with Kids

reading with kids fun with wordsIt has been a while since we’ve added to our Reading with Kids series … too long. In our first post, we shared our  favorite books with sounds. These are the books where the words are sounds. In the second post, we had fun with words. These are the stories with silly words. Made-up words Words that sound like you have marbles in your mouth. 

Keeping with the idea that reading with kids is pure fun, we’ve pulled out some of our favorite books that make you laugh out loud … and read them again and again.

Laugh Out Loud Books for Kids

laugh out loud like dr. seussOld Mr. Mackle Hackle
written by Gunar Madsen; illustrated by Irana Sheperd
Little, Brown and Company, 2005

Mr. Mackle Hackle has a problem. His hen won’t cackle. Try as he might, the old bird won’t respond the way he wishes. Even the chicken jokes aren’t working!

Fans of books with the musicality of Dr. Seuss will laugh out loud for years to come with Old Mr. Hackle Mackle.

More Barnyard Hilarity @ The Reading Tub

are you a horse - laugh out loud learningAre You a Horse?
written and illustrated by Andy Rash
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009

Roy gets a saddle for his birthday and goes in search of a horse. He has never seen a horse, so he goes on a search. He meets a snake, a crab, a pig, and even a zebra. 

A snake as a horse? Instant laughter! This is more than just a blast to read and re-read. It helps kids with critical thinking, too.

More Mistaken Identity @ The Reading Tub

laugh out loud dinosaursWhen Dinosaurs Came with Everything
written by Elise Broach; illustrated by David Small
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007

Errands with mom are N-E-V-E-R fun. Until today. Today, they get a dinosaurs at each and every stop – for FREE! Cool! Our young boy wonders how many dinosaurs can live at his house? what will they eat?

Dinosaurs as pets. Does a fantasy get any funnier than that? The illustrations have as many laugh out loud moments as the text.

More Bigger than Life Fun @ The Reading Tub

Your Turn

What are the books that offer non-stop laughter at your house? Laughter and enjoying a good story … that’s what reading with kids is all about!

Be sure to share your favorite laugh out loud books in the comments.

Reading Tub Recommendations – Just in Time for Summer

reading tubThings have been a wee bit quiet around The Reading Tub these past few months.

I *would* feel guilty, except that we have been reading up a storm and working on a H-U-G-E project. Now it is time to launch our project …

Reading Tub Recommendations!

RTR is a newsletter where subscribers tell us the age of their child and what kinds of books their child likes to hear/read and we send them a read-tested book recommendation.

It is more than just a newsletter, though. Reading Tub Recommendations is a guide for parents and caregivers trying to find that “it” book. The one that turns their struggling or resistant child into a reader and (maybe) a bookworm.

The right book for the right kid at the right time.

At its core, this is what Reading Tub Recommendations is all about.

It has taken us seven months to cull through the 2,500 reviews on the Reading Tub website to find the books (700!) we think will engage kids and their families. More importantly, we wanted to present books that are loved but may not be as well known.

Months before there was a #WeNeedDiverseBooks we were pulling out books that incorporated global ideas, characters, and stories.

We aren’t the first people to offer a tailored newsletter, but we just may be the first to help readers find the book at their library and/or add it to their wishlist right from the email. Cool, right?

reading tub recommendations options

Choose to READ more of the review & get “read alikes,” ADD to your Wishlist, or BORROW from the library!

I could go on and on about RTR and our goal to bring literacy home for families. Instead, I’m going to invite you to learn more – and get a sneak peek – here.

Reading Tub Recommendations Launches Soon!

As a way of paying tribute to my Dad, who was the most voracious reader I know, we are going to launch Reading Tub Recommendations on Father’s Day.

Subscribe today so that you can be part of the launch for Father’s Day.

If you received our Literacy Lalapalooza newsletters, then you’re all set. Existing subscribers will automatically receive Reading Tub Recommendations.